BEREAVEMENT PRACTICES AMONG CALIFORNIA HOSPICES: RESULTS OF A STATEWIDE SURVEY
During 1999–2000, the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA) surveyed its 160 member hospices regarding bereavement support services. Over 80% of hospices participated, providing information about program content, staff training, and costs incurred by participants. Results revealed that a greater percentage of larger hospices and non-profit hospices offer support groups and workshops than do smaller hospices and for-profit hospices. Volunteers account for almost one quarter of bereavement staff. The professional background of paid staff is varied, with social workers and clergy being most common overall but nurses more common in small hospices. Almost 90% of hospices provide all bereavement support at no charge to the bereaved. Services most likely to be associated with a fee include special support groups, children's programs, and professional counseling to individuals and families.
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